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OR XLII P1 #106: Report of Lieutenant Colonel John R. Tappen, 120th NY, October 1-5, 1864

Numbers 106. Report of Lieutenant Colonel John R. Tappen, One hundred and twentieth New York Infantry, of Operations October 1-5.1

October 7, 1864.

CAPTAIN: On the morning of October 1 this regiment, in accordance with orders received, preceded to the railroad near the trestle bridge

and then embarked for the Yellow House. On arrival there we immediately took up the line of march for the extreme left; bivouacked for the night in the woods in rear of the pebbles house.

Sunday, October 2, in line at daylight on right of this brigade, and following the Second Brigade. In obedience to orders from Colonel McAllister, commanding brigade, the left wing of this regiment was deployed as skirmishers, under command of Captain J. L. Snyder. The right wing was formed on the left of Seventh New Jersey Volunteers; moved forward immediately in line of battle, driving the cavalry garrison from the fort and line in our front. Here the alignment was rectified, and again moved forward, proceeded about a mile, and then halted in front of the enemy’s works, where the skirmishing was quite brisk; near sundown fell back to the breast-works near the Pebbles house.

October 3 and 4, remained in breast-works. Afternoon of October 5 returned to near Fort Davis.

Casualties: October 2, 1 commissioned officer and 7 enlisted men wounded. October 5, 1 enlisted man killed and wounded.

I am, sir, yours, respectfully,


Lieutenant-Colonel, Commanding.


Acting Assistant Adjutant-General, Third Brigade.


  1. The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies, Volume XLII, Part 1 (Serial Number 87), pages 404-405
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